Publicize lurks in the Sharing menu under Settings. This tool lets you hook your blog up to various social media accounts and auto publish links to your posts. There are two main changes I am now taking advantage of.
Facebook: Previously I had to use Networked Blogs as an intermediary to publish my posts to my Facebook page. When the feature stopped working last week I discovered its because WordPress now has its own tool. It’s simple to add a Facebook connection and then your posts will automatically be posted to your page.
Twitter: The connection to Twitter has been in place for sometime, tweeting a simple link to your post when it is published. Recently WordPress added the ability to customise the tweet. While drafting your post click Edit in the Publish menu found at right
You can then customise how you want the tweet to appear adding hashtags, @usernames, change the title or extra information. WordPress even counts the characters for you. If you don’t want the post to be tweeted or posted to Facebook for any reason, then just uncheck the boxes.
There are a ton of handy widgets in WordPress, several particularly useful for book bloggers.
- Goodreads: Drag the Goodreads widget to your sidebar and sign in to display your shelves on your blog.
- Facebook Like Box: Add this widget to your sidebar to connect with your Facebook page
- Twitter: Display your twitter feed
- Milestone: Count down to your blogoversary
Don’t forget to back up your blog regularly. Should something go haywire having a complete back up of your blog – including comments, will prevent a lot of hassle. I do it weekly and it couldn’t be easier. Go to Tools> Export> Choose Export > All content and Download Export File.
These are simple tips to make book blogging and connecting easier. WordPress offers many more practical features.
What feature do you recommend book bloggers use? Do you have a question about using wordpress as a book blogger?
Just let me know!